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From Dota semi pro to LoL superstar?
Ylli 'Garter' Ramadani started the new year with a drastic change: After ten years of playing Dota 2, he switches to League of Legends. The 8k player has been a semi-pro for several years, but despite his ambitions he wasn't able to take the final step to the big stage.
On his recent TwitLonger, he explains how the tier 2 scene in Dota became more and more unstable throughout the years. Salaries decline, players permanently shuffle between teams and the supposedly flawed MMR system stands as another obstacle.
Three years ago I had a $2k a month salary with multiple bootcamps and equipment and consistently was offered positions on other teams that were equal to or better terms, two years ago I was offered multiple $1k salary teams and last year $500 or fly to SEA, etc to compete for an unestablished organization with higher hopes – because the funds for anything less than tier 1 teams don't exist anymore so the sponsors aren't interested.
Out with the old, in with the new— Ylli Ramadani (@gartergaming) January 2, 2020
The Doublelift debate
It is an open secret that the tier 2 and 3 scene severely lacks support and sustainability. It is however up to discover whether you face the same obstacles in League of Legends, or if becoming a LoL pro is an easier path. During the last weeks, the perpetual battle between Dota and LoL got further fueled.
Team Liquid's LoL pro Yiliang 'Doublelift' Peng recently stated, that in his opinion, LoL would be a way harder game than Dota mechanical-wise:
There’s 0% chance that Dota 2 has a higher mechanical skill ceiling than League. (It has) turn speed, built-in lag, not a lot of skill short, dashes, or mobility. You do have more buttons, but they’re targeted so you don’t often need to display a high level of mechanical ability. It’s all game knowledge – meanwhile, League is really mechanically intensive
Of course, Dota fans and even pro players started a counter-attack. Recently, 6k player and Twitch streamer strider751 proved he could reach diamond rank in LoL after only 60 days of playing the game. While he agreed that the average champion in LoL is more mechanically focused than in Dota, he also claimed that the most difficult heroes were way harder to play than any champion.
It's all about preferences
However, there is no simple "X is better than X" answer to this rivalry. Each game has its flaws and highlights, each game has parts that are more difficult or easier. It is a question of preference. Of course, the competition is entertaining and it is reasonable to compare both titles, but seriously trying to take a superior position is not a valid move.
Have you always been playing Dota or do you switch between titles?
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